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What Does a Capacitor Do?

Allicia22

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If you’re new to the world of capacitors, then this comprehensive guide is for you i will discuss the basics of what capacitors do, as well as some more advanced concepts. I'll give you some tips on how to select the right capacitor for your needs.

How does a capacitor work?​

A capacitor works by storing an electrical charge in an electrostatic field. This process is known as capacitance, and it occurs when two conductive plates are separated by an insulating material, known as a dielectric. When a voltage is applied to the plates, electrons flow from one plate to the other, creating an electric field between them. The dielectric helps to prevent the flow of electrons and allows the capacitor to store a charge.

Capacitors can be connected in series or in parallel to create different effects. When they are connected in series, the overall capacitance is reduced. This is because the electric field created by each capacitor opposes the fields of the other capacitors in the circuit. When capacitors are connected in parallel, the overall capacitance is increased. This is because the electric fields created by each capacitor add together to create a larger field.
 

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